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Just What is happening to the English Magistrates Courts system...?

19-12-2006 01:03

Magistrates courts were once a place where the accused would sit on a bench to face the magistrates. Now many magistrates courts in the UK contain glass enclosures (docks) reminiscent of those used in the Saddam Hussein trial. So what is going on?

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18-12-2006 23:45

US Supply Line
The flawed assessment offered by the Baker-Hamilton report neglects a crucial aspect of the political-military situation of the US and other foreign armed forces in Iraq: the danger that the US army of occupation might be cut off, encircled, and annihilated as a fighting force over the next few months. This flaw in turn makes it easier for Baker-Hamilton to reject a priori the one rational response to the current reality, which is the extrication of US forces before it is too late. We do not need a new way forward in Iraq; we require a speedy way out of Iraq.

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speech of Rabbi Cohen in Teheran: Orthodox Jewish attitude to the 'Holocaust'

18-12-2006 18:53

"As is well known, Zionism and the Holocaust have become very much intertwined over the years and the Zionists make a great issue of the Holocaust in order to further their illegitimate philosophy and aims."

"We put effort into attending occasions such as this because we feel that we have both a religious and religion based humanitarian duty to spread our message as much as possible."

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Bush administration elaborates plans for bloodbath in Iraq

18-12-2006 15:18

Reports on the Bush administration’s discussions on a change of course in Iraq indicate that Washington is preparing a major new bloodbath as part of a desperate attempt to salvage its nearly four-year-old bid to conquer the oil-rich country.

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A Counterproductive U.S. Advice to Palestinians

18-12-2006 13:57

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to go without national consensus to early presidential and parliamentary elections was divisive, counterproductive and conforms to U.S.-Israeli plans to remove the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” from power or pressure it into accepting what its rival Fatah had accepted: A peace process on their dictated terms and conditions.

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The March to War: Political Crises in Lebanon and Palestine

18-12-2006 01:06

map of the 'New Middle East'
Lebanon and Palestine are both unique lands on the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean and within the Levant; they are two ancient lands that have seen great armies and navies come and go in the course of history. Under various names and identities, both Lebanon and Palestine have seen more than their share of bloodshed and violence as different groups, interests, and entities have sought in the course of history to take control of their lands.

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No Matter What Ahmadinejad Does He'll be Portrayed as the New Hitler

17-12-2006 19:17

Did Ahmadinejad really threaten to wipe out Israel? No more than scientists predicting the melting of the polar ice caps are threatening to melt them themselves. What Ahmadinejad did say was that, "The Zionist regime will be wiped out soon the same way the Soviet Union was" (5) ­ a prediction, not a threat.

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No Land, No Money, No Job

17-12-2006 15:57

While the rich continue their frenzy of consumption the unemployed and low paid are still seen as immoral. they have to believe it because their debt-ridden economy relies on the suppression of dissent.

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NYCLU on surveillance cameras: a critique

17-12-2006 04:21

"Daily News" makes it readable
The New York Civil Liberties Union (USA) has released a study on NYPD use of surveillance cameras in public places. This is our critique.

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The Liquid Terror Bomb Mastermind - Aquitted

17-12-2006 00:06

Rashid Rauf, the proclaimed mastermind behind the "liquid terror bomb" plot from the summer of 2006 is not to be proscuted for terror offensives due to a lack of evidence:

Pakistan drops terrorism charges against key suspect in Heathrow bomb plot

On December 13, in an extraordinary turn of events, a court in Pakistan dropped terrorism charges against British-born Rashid Rauf.

Rauf is the alleged “ringleader” of the most infamous terror plot ever apparently uncovered in Britain—the plan to explode a number of transatlantic airlines en route from London’s Heathrow airport.

Details of the court hearing are extremely limited. But according to reports, a judge at an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpinidi said that the case against Rauf did not “fall into the category of terrorism.”

Rauf’s lawyer, Hashmat Habib, said no evidence had been provided to back up claims that his client was part of a conspiracy to hijack airplanes, and the judge agreed to strike out the two charges against Rauf relating to terrorism. “That practically means that Rashid Rauf has been acquitted of charges relating to terrorism,” Habib said.

Craig Murray, who spoke in Sheffield recently on:

Legality, Morality and the War on Terror

Has written the following article about Rashid Rauf.

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A visit to Palestine

16-12-2006 19:31

This is an account of a week long visit made to Palestine (East Jerusalem and the West Bank) in November 2006. The visit was organised by the olive co-op in Manchester and had an agricultural/ economic development theme. I wrote this piece descibing our visit upon my return in order to give a picture of life in Palestine and to convey the strong impression the visit made on me.

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Caught on Tape: Olmert Filmed 'Coaching' Prodi

16-12-2006 18:13

Israeli television broadcast footage that appeared to show Ehud Olmert coaching his Italian counterpart

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NoBorders - english version now available - videoclip

16-12-2006 13:47

the cover
The videoclip is now finally available in english version and in wmv format.

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Processing Information

16-12-2006 08:12

U.S. Vice-President, Dick Cheney, today praised the outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, for his contribution in spreading ‘democracy and liberty’ to the Middle East; Cheney also claimed that Rumsfeld was the “best” Secretary of Defence in U.S. history – additional evidence that the U.S. administration is INSANE is no longer required!

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15-12-2006 14:28

Many progressive Americans are hoping for a more peaceful U.S. foreign policy because President Bush lost control of Congress or after he leaves office — but the chances of this happening are not favorable.

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Omissions In the Iraq Study Group Report

15-12-2006 10:41

What's most striking about the ISG report isn't what it says but what it leaves out. Beginning in 1991, the US conducted an unending war of aggression in two phases, with a dozen years of punishing and unjustifiable sanctions sandwiched between them, against a country posing no threat to us or its neighbors following its long and costly war in the 1980s with Iran (that the US urged Saddam to wage and supported him throughout) from which it needed financial help to recover but hadn't gotten enough to make a significant difference. It began after Saddam misread US intentions regarding his troubled relations with Kuwait, allowing himself to be deceived by the first Bush administration into believing we had no interest in how he chose to settle his justifiable dispute which Washington had a hand in creating.

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No ifs, no buts - corporate crime is completely fine!

15-12-2006 03:12

No ifs, no buts - unless Blair says so.
A major criminal investigation into alleged corruption by arms dealer BAE Systems was halted yesterday when Tony Blair claimed it would endanger Britain's "national security" if the inquiry went any further.

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Pinochet is dead! It is time to kill the system that spawned him!

14-12-2006 19:22

The fact that the death of Pinochet on Sunday sparked off celebrations in Chile and around the world should surprise no one. He was a hated figure, a living symbol of the real face of the bourgeoisie.

In "normal" times the capitalists prefer to govern through "democratic" parliamentary means, so long as their fundamental interests are guaranteed. But the capitalist system cannot always guarantee that its interests can be defended through parliamentary means. History is full of examples where the bourgeoisie has preferred to do away with the niceties of "democracy"... Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto... the list is endless.

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Children and Britains housing divide

13-12-2006 10:06

“Against the Odds: An investigation comparing the lives of children on either side of Britain’s housing divide,” published by the British homeless charity Shelter, highlights the terrible problems faced by children forced to live in temporary accommodation.

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Puppet leadership in Western ‘Democracies’

13-12-2006 04:02

Corporate power and rulership in western societies is complete, governments either conform to corporate dictates or are quickly replaced by compliant political alternatives. The management of information via the monopolised mass media and the complete domination of the economy maintain and sustain corporate supremacy. The masses suffer increased subjection (debt slavery) and vulnerability (limited options) as a result of decreased representation by governments. Corporate rule has reduced the real status of the public to servility and subservience, not dissimilar to the ancient Roman model of kept house-slaves. The belief that Roman slaves were constantly maltreated is based on erroneous images (whipped galley-slaves) that Hollywood and the entertainment industry have popularised. Ancient Roman slaves lived in basic but tolerable conditions, similar (in relative terms) to the servile masses of today.
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